Communications company Motorola has found that team-building is mosteffective when its brightest workers are all at sea. Under the Leadership Learning Partnership programme, up to 50 Motorola staffwill take to the waves each year with skipper Conrad Humphreys, winner of the2000-2001 BT Global Challenge round-the-world yacht race, to learn skills thatthey can bring to the meeting table back on dry land. A dozen members of staff, identified as having leadership potential, butwithout any previous yachting experience, recently joined Humphreys for theRound the Island [of Wight] race to enhance their communication and teamskills. Following a day learning how to sail, the team spent the evening talkingtactics before spending the night on board, and joined one thousand yachts thenext day for the race. Humphreys said the pressures and challenges faced aboard a yacht could bedirectly translated into a business environment. “In a race you have sub-groups who all have to back each otherup,” he said. “It’s all about speed and communication. If one personisn’t performing, then you are out of the race.” Vanessa Loughlin, head of the office of leadership at Motorola, said theevent had been such a success that the company plans to extend the scheme withan inter-sector Motorola regatta in the future. Weblinks www.motorola.comwww.conradhumphreys.com Related posts:No related photos. Motorola sends staff out to sea for team skillsOn 16 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.